PRINT Summer 1987


Dressers and bureaus of internal affairs.

ALONG THE MORE FASHIONABLE stretches of antique row, “retro” has already made its predictable passage from the ’50s to the ’60s. Not unexpectedly, retro’s ironic accomplishment has been to make even nostalgia fall in with the March of Progress. First we took up Art Nouveau, then Art Deco, followed in increasingly rapid, breathtaking succession by golden-olden decades one after the other, with occasional reruns or confusions depending on how much the dealer or the buyer actually knew about the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, or—its hard to believe that what’s about to follow is even possible—how much they know about the ’60s. If this sequential march is to continue on course, where else can it lead but to the black hole of the ’70s, the decade when retro took command? And then thirty-five-year-old kidney-shaped tables and polka-dotted couches will look old again; truly up-to-date interior design will be

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